Mayor’s Charity Business Networking Lunch

You are invited to Trowbridge Mayor’s Charity Business Networking Lunch on Saturday 27th January, 12-4 pm at the Civic Centre.

Not only will you be helping to raise money for Wiltshire MIND, but you will have the opportunity to listen to our guest speaker, Michelle Donelan MP talk on the subject of BREXIT and what it means for UK businesses, and also chat with other local business owners over a traditional three course lunch. Please contact Trowbridge Information Centre for tickets – 01225 765072.

Our Celebration Evening Video

Our Celebration Evening Video

We would like to say a special thank you to Media Inventions ( for filming the evening and to Ian Pugh, our Master of Ceremonies (if you would like Ian for your next event please email him at or phone call him using 01225768781/07749789361) and to our sponsors and to all those who made the evening a great success, especially the young people!

GOFISH Celebration Evening – Your Feedback Matters

Your Feedback Matters

We love to hear your feedback about our events and programme, if you have any feedback please feel free to send over to us

“You very kindly invited my wife and I and a friend to attend your GOFISH event on Tuesday evening.

Having read your mission statement it was very evident on the night, that the aims of the development of young entrepreneurs, through a partnership of education and business, and the hard work and dedication by yourself, is being successfully achieved. It was very obvious to the three of us that the students have benefited from the programmes of GOFISH which has resulted in them going a long way in being prepared for the world of work. Congratulations, thank you for your hospitality, and to all those involved for what was a most enjoyable event.”

Michael Williams MBE. Retired CEO of Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce


“This is another excellent example of Trowbridge people pulling together and achieving outstanding results. These young people are our future and deserve to be recognised for their talent and hard work. My thanks go to the ‘Go Fish’ team and everyone concerned who contribute to Trowbridge being a great place to live.”

Deborah Halik, Trowbridge Mayor


“Wiltshire College is delighted to have been a part of the GOFISH initiative and we can see its very positive impact on our students in terms of employability and entrepreneurial skills. 

The skill set they have gained through the project will stand them in good stead for their future careers.”

Amanda Burnside, Principal of Wiltshire College


“GOFISH has provided a unique opportunity for the business studies students at Wiltshire College. They were given the opportunity to work with local employers and learn some essential skills.  It has been an excellent collaboration which the college and the students are extremely proud of and grateful for. The Celebration Evening was a great success and the students were proud of their achievements and awards”

Pippa Thomas, Business Studies Lecturer, Wiltshire College


“I just want to thank you for all you have done for our son since he became a part of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition. First of all, thank you for opening the competition up to musicians as well as stall holders. Before the competition, he really only thought of himself as a musician, not as a business person.  He had never really realised that to be successful in the music industry that he must also have good business sense. The competition made him define his goals and focus on how to reach them. The support from the GOFISH team has been incredible. Thank you for all the words of encouragement. The experience has been amazing and I would highly recommend the programme to any young person.”

Carla, Parent of Finalist


“As a business owner and recruiter I feel passionately regarding the work GOFISH is undertaking, assisting young people enhance their skills relative to the world of work.

The Dragons Dungeon project was a daunting task for those participating but in reality the working world is tough, and the skills they were expected to demonstrate have proved invaluable to those taking part.

As a judge, it was inspiring and motivational to meet young people who were focused on success and able to illustrate the passion they felt for their products/services. The whole event was exceptionally well organised, and the celebration evening was one everyone could enjoy including family and friends.  If this first event can generate enthusiasm for future participants, then it is a big step in the right direction.”

Beverley Glover, MD of White Horse Employment



Mike Prior


“Witnessing the celebration of what the students had achieved over the last year with GOFISH, was truly a proud moment to be part of a community which offers support to our young people. For people to achieve they need the right support. GOFISH nurture these roots and direct people’s energy in the right direction.”

Aby Cooper Customer Service Manager, Civic Centre


“Thank you so much for such a brilliant evening, it feels amazing to have been chosen as this year’s winner and it will certainly help boost the profile of my business. Through this competition I have gained confidence in speaking about my business and it has pushed me to look into ways of expanding which were not possible before without the prize money.”

Nicola Davis, Winner of The Gripit Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017


It was wonderful to see such a huge turnout of people, all passionate about supporting our young people with their business endeavours. It’s very refreshing to find an organisation like GOFISH, who are so genuinely interested in helping youngsters to achieve their goals.  I know Nicola will use her prize money to grow her business in a new direction, which she would not have been able to do without the support of GOFISH and this competition.

Katherine Davis, Parent of Winner of The Gripit Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017


“I found the experience of GOFISH very educational. It taught me how to present in front of people and how to pitch my ideas. It also helped boost my confidence. I have also learned the importance of networking and have made some good contacts which will hopefully be useful in the future. Many thanks!”

Ben Laver, Finalist in The Gripit Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017


“As a firm that embraces educational programmes for young people, Office Evolution were delighted to support the GOFISH Awards event that have recognised and rewarded entrepreneurial spirit in today’s youth. The programme has empowered young people to harness both their personal and business skills and has provided a practical “look” of what is required in the “world of work”. It has sparked energy and enthusiasm of the young people in Trowbridge, teaching employability skills that they will need as employees and entrepreneurs of the future. It was encouraging to see great business, both established and developing; through the young people’s innovation and teamwork, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for our young entrepreneurs.”

Steve Davis, MD of Office Evolutions


Thank you for inviting me to act as Master of Ceremony at the GOFISH Celebration Evening for the Young Entrepreneur Awards here in Trowbridge. It was great to see that there are so many young budding Entrepreneurs with so much talent ready to embrace the future. It was also wonderful to see so many distinguishing guests from the business community, education and politics giving their time freely to cheer on these youngsters.

It should also not be forgotten David, that without you and your team, non of this would have been made possible. Well Done.

Congratulations to all involved.”

Ian Pugh FGInPT, Master of Ceremony (if you would like Ian for your next event, please email him at or phone call him using 01225768781/07749789361)

GOFISH Celebration Evening a huge success!

Over 80 guests celebrated with GOFISH the achievements of young people who had been involved in several opportunities to win Awards, were presented with their trophies and cheques at The Town Hall on the 25th July. The prizes were worth £1650.